Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Endosulfan as a Scapegoat

A shipping company in the Philippines, with a poor safety record, has an accident with a pesticide on board. There is no word on whether the manufacturer violated any packaging specifications, or indeed if the containers in question gave way on sinking.

The pesticide should be located and disposed off safely. This may no longer be possible if the holds of the vessel have disintegrated, but we owe it to the Ocean to try.

It is bad enough that emergency protocols have been disregarded, but now a review of Endosulfan by the country concerned, pours salt on pesticide industry wounds. Regulation is a national prerogative, but will the Philippines ban oil if a tanker runs aground?

Thank you for posting your opinion on this controversy. You can also email sochiye.pesticidesafety@gmail.com

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pesticide companies should take adequate care in transportation of their products.

Endosulfan Knowldge Center said...

I have also seen reports where it was said that "thank God, Endosulfan did not cause much harm to sailers on board"

Press should not rubbish any chemical or product purely on hearsay. Endosulfan has stood the test of time and has been proved to a environmentally sound and an effective insecticide.

You may like to visit Ensosulfan Knowledge Center Website for more details

Dr. S. Banerji said...

Thank you for your comment. I agree with you about the vast and established of Endosulfan. However, transporters of all genres should have MSDS information before they carry pesticide cargo. This is not specific or limited to Endosulfan.